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Dubai Int'l sees 8.8% jump in February passenger traffic

World's busiest for international traffic sees 6.95m passengers during month

Dubai Int'l sees 8.8% jump in February passenger traffic

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international traffic, climbed 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 6.95 million people in February, the airport's operator said on Tuesday.

In the first two months of this year, traffic increased 9.3 percent to 14.99 million people. The growth was fuelled by rising traffic with eastern Europe and Asia.

The airport, which accounts for only part of Dubai's air freight, handled 192,704 tonnes of cargo in February, down 1.9 percent from a year earlier.

In the first two months of 2017, freight increased 0.8 percent to 400,976 tonnes.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: "This robust growth in passenger numbers in February follows the record 8 million passengers in January, and with the seasonal rush of passengers over the spring break over the past four days, during which we welcomed over 1.1 million passengers, we are looking forward to impressive first quarter of the year results."

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